Monday, August 30, 2010

Anniversary Giveaway: Kiki La Ru (Closed)

Hello there! Monday again, but a celebratory one! On Saturday this little blog celebrate it's first anniversary and as promised here is the first of several amazing giveaways I have ready for all you, to thank you for all of your support.
Without further ado, here it is, the cake bunting everyone is talking about! Kiki La Ru! I'm really excited to be able to team with the gorgeous (like REALLY!!!) Dawn for this, she makes the most incredible cake buntings out there, don't you think? I'm sure you all have a celebration in mind for one of these? Right?
I will let Dawn now tell you a bit about herself and her oh so gorgeous shop! 


Tell us a bit about yourself and your work. How did it all start?
 I'm an almost-30 gal living in the Austrian countryside with my husband/best friend and our two Cavalier spaniels, Kiki and Boston. I grew up in Northern California, and moved here 10 years ago to be with the man I love.
Sometime this spring I thought about topping a cake with bunting, so I googled it, thinking Martha Stewart or Country Living would have some DIY projects. But there was absolutely nothing like what I had in mind! Once I made my own, using some vintage scraps of pretty fabrics, I realized this was too cute to keep to myself, and knew I had to share it with the world. The first cake bunting I ever made was the design called 'Maddi,' which has also been my biggest seller.


Who or what inspires you? 
I am inspired by the four seasons. Growing up in California, there was either sun, rain, or fog. When I experienced my first year of seasons here in Europe, especially Autumn, my heart burst with inspiration. I just love watching nature go through her cycles.
I am also inspired by my husband. We both started with nothing, and he works so tremendously hard to provide us with the life we have envisioned. I am filled with gratitude and inspiration daily just by knowing him. Even though what I make is very girlie, he was my biggest fan from the beginning, and never belittled what I do. When he comes home, he always asks, "Did you make any sales today?" His enthusiasm and kindness are a constant source of inspiration.


What do you love most of what you do?
My favorite part about making handmade things is being home. Home is the most comforting, peaceful place, and when I'm making cake bunting, with the kettle singing on the stove top and my two dogs wrestling happily on the floor, I just thank my lucky stars that I am able to live this way. I also love how this shop has connected me to like-minded people and kindred spirits. It's always so wonderful to hear from customers who are in love with their bunting, and to see the wonderful photos of their cakes!


Any advice for aspiring shop owners?
My advice for aspiring shop owners would be:
-Learn to take good photographs (or learn to use photoshop)
-Let your personality shine through your products and your profile...you will attract people who love what you make and who will want to have your product!
-Let every customer know how much you appreciate their interest, trust, and hard-earned money by 1. telling them so, and 2. including a little something extra in their package.


And now for the giveaway! What? 
The winner will be able to pick any cake bunting of their choice!

How?
- Follow A Diary of Lovely and visit Kiki La Ru. Come back and comment with your favorite item.

Extra entries 
- Tweet about this giveaway (use @adiaryoflovely)
- Follow me on Twitter or/and facebook
- Follow Kiki la Ru blog
- Blog about it and let me know you did in a comment
(Please leave a comment for each. Thank you all so much!  A winner will be picked at random next week)

68 comments:

  1. Happy Monday,sweetie

    Great giveaway and amazing interview:)
    I adore them all but if I had to choose one I would love the Cake Bunting KAY...as its so adorable:)

    Wish you both ladies a sunny Monday
    Kisses

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  2. So lovely!
    The 'Autumn' is perfect for this season I think!

    Great week Helena!!
    xo

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  3. Love KikiLaRu! I would definitely have to go with Autumn. It would look adorable on the anniversary cake I'm planning for my one-year with the hubs!

    *kate

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  4. Yay what a fun giveaway! My favorite is Ramona.

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  5. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

    Like the Finnegan and Ramona. You know I follow you everywhere lol

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  6. oh my, i LOVE bunting!! and cake bunting?? LOVE this idea!! it's soo hard to choose a favorite but i do LOVE the Cake Bunting FELICITY! and of course, i am a follower of your lovely blog helena! :)

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  7. I definitely follow you on twitter! :)

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  8. i think KAY is my favorite, but it is so hard to choose.
    i saw it on two ellie's blog recently and just couldn't get enough.
    thanks for introducing me to it's maker!

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  9. I adore this buntings! They are just perfect and adorable.


    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  10. They are all so sweet and cute..really love the Kay bunting!

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  11. Happy Anniversary to you and your adorable blog. You cheer me up on a regular basis and for that I am thankful. I love the annalee bunting. Too sweet.

    Wishing you love,
    Fritzi Marie

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  12. p.s. I am following you on Facebook.

    hugs,
    Fritzi

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  13. oh I love buntings. these are just too pretty. loving the Maddi one! xo

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  14. Maybe it's my Spanish vein, but of course mine is... LOLA!!!

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  15. I love the "autumn" butning. Thanks :)

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  16. I think I forgot to comment on your blog anniversary, but it has not been out of mind... MANY congratulations my dear your (not so) little blog is fantastically successful and you deserve all of the wonderful things that do and will come your way! keep up the good work!

    on to the giveaway... LOVE IT! these are SO cool, I didn't even realize they exist! I adore the "Emma" and the "Maddi" tooo cute! I'm off to tweet and follow on facebook!

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  17. What a cool giveaway, I'm a follower!:D

    I like Autumn!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  18. Happy Blog Anniversary!!! I love Finnegan the best! :D
    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

    P.S: I aldo have a very cute giveaway running which I think you'd love! Come and check it out! ;)

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  19. wow!! this is awesome.. i have never heard of such kinda things before.. i'd love to have cake bunting WEDNESDAY.. that is so cool!!

    thanks for the chance sweetheart..

    love.xoxo

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  20. Felicidades Helena!!
    Y feliz semana!
    Olga

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  21. Love the Blog.
    Be sure to follow mine at tuxandtie.blogspot.com and follow me on twitter at tuxandtie
    Thanks Alex www.alexingram.com

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  22. these are adorable....I love the KAY bunting! Happy Blogiversary and thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. You're kidding me! I was JUST checking out Kiki La Ru on Etsy this past Saturday, in planning for my daughter's 3rd birthday party. I was going to order the FINNEGAN for her birthday (since the colors sort of match our theme). If I can win it, even better!

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  24. Now following Kiki La Ru too! Thanks!

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  25. HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYYY!

    i adore all the bunting!!!!
    Count me in for the giveaway!

    LOL

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  26. Oh, how cute is she and those cake buntings? I love the Lola bunting... I'm thinking it would be perfect for my daughter's cake this year! xo

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  27. adorable! any of them would be fine! rainbow or purple or autumn

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  28. I love Rosalee! And I'm already a follower

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  29. Great giveaway! The Lola bunting is my absolute favorite (though, let's face it, it was hard to choose).

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  30. And I'm following you on twitter now. (Why I wasn't already, I don't know. I'll attribute it to a lapse of sanity.)

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  31. Happy Anniversary !
    I love "Emma" and am an avid follower :)
    Revasrags2roses.blogspot.com

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  32. I'm a follower! Happy Anniversary!! :) Love the "Wednesday" bunting because Halloween is my favorite time of year, it would be perfect for a fun Halloween party!
    Chicgiselle@yahoo.com

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  33. I follow and seriously LOVE this shop. The Cake Bunting KAY is the best! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Follow you on twitter @ohmydarlingblog

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  35. Delighted to follow Kiki La ru's blog, too. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. what a great giveaway.thank you! i really love the Cake Bunting WEDNESDAY. Adorable.

    stralunata82@hotmail.it

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  37. i follow you on facebook. you do a great job.

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  38. i love Kiki La Ru's creations so i follow her blog.
    thank you for the chance to win.
    Happy anniversary.
    Lucia
    stralunata82@hotmail.it

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  39. Oooh if I won I would be so be keeping this for a special date next year ;) I tweeted about it :)

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  40. Oh my- her shop is exquisite!
    I think Emma is my fave:)
    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

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  41. These are all ADORABLE... I'm in love. Felicity is my favorite, so cute =)

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  42. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/tchkal/status/22863916279

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  43. Following Kiki la ru blog now too!

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  44. Drooling over the LOLA. I'd pretty much love anything that incorporates yellow & turquoise (my wedding colors). =)

    ninjapandawedding(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Tweet! Tweet! Following you -> jackie_lopez

    ninjapandawedding(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. Following "Kiki la Ru" blog via GFC

    ninjapandawedding(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. TWEETED: http://twitter.com/Jackie_Lopez/status/23021640266

    ninjapandawedding(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. Yay, what a great giveaway!! I love the Cake Bunting MADDI - it has that vintage-y sort of feel! So cute!!

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  49. Congrats again on the anniversary. Glad to discover kiki la rue! Such cute stuff. I'm partial to Finnegan and Kylie. xo

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  50. ps- already follow on twitter and facebook xo

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  51. autumn, since my bday is in autumn

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  52. Blogged it!

    http://moth-design.blogspot.com/2010/09/diary-of-lovely-anniversary-giveaway.html

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  53. I love her bunting! Chloe & Felicity are my favs! xo

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  54. The peek a boo one would be so much fun! I love it!

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  55. I pick KAY too!! What a treat, you so know how to treat your followers!! :-)

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  56. Hmm, must have Emma bunting...
    thanks for the heads up on this adorbs etsy shop!
    priscilla, michael's ball and chain

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  57. I am loving the Wednesday design...maybe just because I am thinking of my upcoming housewarming party and halloween-y colors :). They are all so cute!

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  58. Also following you on facebook and twitter...and of course I bookmarked the shop on etsy...I love a good creative lovely etsy find!

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  59. Adorable, adorable!!!

    I love the Wednesday, it would be perfect for my babe's first birthday party I'm planning next month!

    Off to check out her blog now. I follow A Diary of Lovely. :)

    lulu.today @ gmail.com

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  60. Oh they are all so pretty. I love Autumn. Hope its not too late!

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